By Veronica Flachier, an Ecuadorian journalist and theologian
The fifth of the seven reflections of the "Seven Weeks for Water" program is presented by Veronica Flachier , an Ecuadorian journalist and theologian, who examines the Ecuadorian Constitution and its National Plan for Gender Equality and the eradication of poverty, which places Ecuador recognizes Good Living, gold "Sumak Kawsay"" ,as an alternative to so-called "development". And promotes living in harmony and balance with Mother Earth and Mother Water.
"If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from him, as Scripture has said. " (Gospel according to Saint John 7: 37-38) (TOB)
" I have come so that the sheep have life and have it in abundance. " (Gospel of John 10:10) (NIV)
The state of water resources in Latin America.
Latin America, with its large territory that spans from the south of Río Bravo (Grande) to Tierra del Fuego, is one of the richest, and at the same time one of the most unequal regions in the world. The gap between the small strip that contains more wealth and power, and the large mass of poor people, is very wide. This is reflected in all aspects of community life for the inhabitants of Latin American nations.
In terms of the issue we are dealing with, the south American region, possessor of 33% of the renewable water resources in the globe, is the area with the greatest availability of water in the world. Its 3100 m3 of water per capita per year is double the world average per capita. Nevertheless, an inadequate management of water has prevented all who live in the region from having the same chances of accessing this vital liquid.
According to data from the Development Bank of Latin America, 2 out of 5 Latin Americans in rural areas do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation.